I finally saw Terminator 3 this weekend, and something has been bothering me about the ending (aside from watching the end of the world).
Skynet’s a distributed system. Presumably its intelligence scales along with the number of nodes it has. Those nodes are computers all over the world. Those computers are most concentrated in major cities. Skynet launches a global nuclear attack on those major cities. That wipes out a huge percentage of its own computing nodes. It’s also going to take out huge chunks of the Internet’s infrastructure, leaving many of the remaining nodes disconnected from each other.
In its attempt to wipe out humans, Skynet gave itself a world-class lobotomy.
I don’t know about you, but that just doesn’t sound like a winning strategy to me.